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He was born in 1951 in Rome and his father was the famous sculptor Pietro. The pictorial and plastic works of Tommaso Cascella appear to live in an estranged dimension, with space, memory, colour and form seeming suspended, although concrete and real, almost tactile; a dimension which, despite not retracting the shapes of reality, interprets and regenerates them through pure poetic sensitivity.
Attention to and reflection on one of the basic elements of painting, colour, has characterized the artistic research of this Roman artist from the beginning. The “warm”, lyrical abstraction of Tommaso Cascella is undoubtedly linked to the sensitivity of colour, which explodes in a vital placing together of chromatic fields. The artist immerses his surfaces, as though they were held under the seductive skin of the colour, in the sensitivity of the light which runs on the chromatic epidermis of the material, drawing (im)possible landscapes, unveiling new shapes, inventing unpredictable chromatic depths blue, sumptuous reds and sunny yellows. Cascella’s abstract pictures do not, however, refer to predefined modules or plans, they move instead freely in determined and changing forms, in a space which needs no other characterization than freedom. Cascella’s abstraction is not founded on the logical of constructivism, that is on a formal and “geometric” conception of surface, strictly two-dimensional, structured in an overlapping of shapes and planes: Cascella’s abstract works are constructed of lines in tension, of irregular geometric shapes in unstable balance.
Colour for Cascella is the evocative force of painting, through which the artist plays with the compositional order of the work, essentially based on the light-space relationship, in which the construction of shape and colour are in the eternal tension, suspended in the silence of an unlimited space and dominated by a sense of unreliability, of unstable balance, as though stopped in time. This is a feature that always accompanies Cascella’s works, which, since the end of the eighties, is structured on discriminated combination of elements which vibrates the surface with signs that, suspended and aerial, cut through the pictorial material. In his more recent works Cascella has reached a further pictorial definition, more “finished” in a certain sense, so that the architecture of the picture is in perfect balance with the two components which were the foundation of the artist’s research: a studied idea of the composition and an intense lyricism of colour. Thus the canvas becomes the virtual space of imagination, signs, action, to which the artist entrusts the task of showing visibly his poetic thought. The artist mixes his cards in a continual contamination of pictures, signs and traces searching for a sense which, as soon as it appears, is lost again, is split into splinters and fragments, mutable in the passing of the time.
This is a feature that always accompanies Cascella’s works, which, since the end of the eighties, is structured on discriminated combination of elements which vibrates the surface with signs that, suspended and aerial, cut through the pictorial material. In his more recent works Cascella has reached a further pictorial definition, more “finished” in a certain sense, so that the architecture of the picture is in perfect balance with the two components which were the foundation of the artist’s research: a studied idea of the composition and an intense lyricism of colour. Thus the canvas becomes the virtual space of imagination, the place of colour, signs, action, to which the artist entrusts the task of showing visibly his poetic thought. The artist mixes his cards in a continual contamination of pictures, signs and traces searching for a sense which, as soon as it appears, is lost again, is split into splinters and fragments, mutable in the passing of the time, before it becomes a dream again.

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2013
Ellebi Art Gallery, Cosenza, Italy.
2012
Palazzo Aldobrandini, Rome, Italy;
Walter Bischoff Gallery, Berlin, Germany;
2010
Biennal of Venice, Venice, Italy;
2008
Marco Rossi-Spirale Arte, Milan, Italy.
2007
Eventinove Gallery, Turin, Italy.
2006
Rosso 20sette Gallery, Rome, Italy.
2004
Palazzo Crispi, Naples, Italy.
2003
Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
Westend Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany.
2002
Spirale Art Gallery, Milan, Italy.
2001
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia.
2000
Venice Gallery Design, Venice, Italy.
1999
Museum of Modern Art in Rome, Italy.
1996
Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts of Taiwan, China.

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2002
ArteFiera, Bologna, Italy;
2001
Van Riel Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
MiArt, Milan, Italy.
Orie Gallery, Tokyo, Japan.
2000
Art 31 Basel, Basel, Switzerland;
1999

Lineart -Les Chances Gallery, Gent, Belgium;